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How Not To Select A Career

This small article appeared in FAQs format in The Week (June 17, 2012)

1. I scored 85 in mathematics, so science is my thing.
Students tend to overlook the fact that a high score in mathematics might also mean a strong analytical ability which will yield success in trade and commerce.

2. All my friends are choosing X stream, so I too must follow suit.
Do not follow the herd. What be good fo rone, might not necessarily be good enough for another. Make a rational choice based on your interests.

3. My parents will be glad to see me take X stream.
Your parents will be glad to see you studying intently, provided you give them the desired output.

.4 I am interested in X stream, but my friends thing otherwise.
How will your friends’ opinion help you when you are struck in a job you do not really enjoy? It is your life, live it your way.

5. Choosing this career will take me far from home and family.
The earlier you adapt to alien environments, the better it is for you. Today or tomorrow, the break has to come. Better now, than later.

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Of Books and Reading

Dearest Mom,

I cannot thank you enough for introducing me to the world of books. Most mothers your age at that time were buying their children toys and you chose to buy me books. Thank you. When your kids were crying, you did not use a rattle. You used the power of a fairy-tale. The power of words. You made your kids see the importance of a story. Of what it was capable of doing and I thank you for that.

Dad never read much. You did and still do. You continue to learn about the world through reading and we discuss books, you and I, and I am thankful for that. You made us think every step of the way and that was something that only books made us do, through you. So thank you Mom.

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Told in diary form by an irresistible heroine, this playful and perceptive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the May Bird trilogy sparkles with science, myth, magic, and the strange beauty of the everyday marvels we sometimes forget to notice.

Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood has lived in Cliffden, Maine, her whole life. She’s a typical girl in an atypical world: one where sasquatches helped to win the Civil War, where dragons glide over Route 1 on their way south for the winter (sometimes burning down a T.J. Maxx or an Applebee’s along the way), where giants hide in caves near LA and mermaids hunt along the beaches, and where Dark Clouds come for people when they die.

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